Maponics Acquires Urban Mapping’s Neighborhood Database

on March 18, 2015 at 4:52PM

Today Maponics announced that we have acquired Urban Mapping’s neighborhood database and product. We made the purchase for a number of reasons; with the most important being a tremendous opportunity to learn from Urban Mapping’s product and apply to apply those learnings to Maponics’ products going forward. Urban Mapping has invested more than 10 years in building a database and product improvements based on usage from some of the most experienced GIS experts in the industry. All of Maponics customers will benefit from this information. Maponics will apply what we learn to our existing product roadmap with the goal of accelerating some of the planned improvements including additional coverage, expanded inventory of names, and possible new product features for Maponics such as Urban Mapping’s Local Relevance Index.

While Maponics’ neighborhood product and the Urban Mapping product often competed for the same end users, the products have some fundamental differences in how we model neighborhoods.

Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries Urban Mapping Neighborhood Boundaries

Our next step is to talk with customers that have chosen the Urban Mapping product to better understand how they are using the data and to determine the best path forward. We will continue to support continuity for all Urban Mapping’s customers.

We will also enter into a deep analysis of the two databases. There is a unique opportunity for Maponics to examine two independently created products and determine what is the same, what is different and— most interesting— what is in the grey area of “mostly the same”.

Neighborhoods boundaries are not always exact, and the nuances of how to model them are complex. The bringing together of Maponics and Urban Mapping neighborhood data models, databases and products is going to create opportunities for us to better serve our customers and to fulfill the Maponics mission to deliver detailed intelligence and insight into the locations that matter most to our customers.

Sincerely, Dan Adams

 

Tuesday’s Term of the Week | Workforce Schedule Optimization

on March 3, 2015 at 4:27PM

Workforxce Schedule Optimization Blog PhotoTime is valuable for us all. In today’s economy, wasted time is equal to wasted money, and that is why it is so important to take advantage of any tools available to save time for the company and for the customer. Workforce Schedule Optimization is just such a tool. Using location analytics, it allows a business to staff appropriately so that more staff is available when there are more customers to serve, and it allows management to do this scheduling more quickly with efficient software. This is applicable particularly in retail environments but also in labor markets who have to meet government and union regulations, as well as customer demand, when scheduling employees.

Additionally, companies (such as telecommunications and utility companies) who dispatch technicians to customer homes need to know which technician is most readily available to reach that destination, while limiting drive times and utilizing open space in technician schedules. It is then vitally important to have up to date location monitoring on all available employees to best serve the customer and to save on payroll costs. This is an advantage afforded by modern mapping systems, allowing for real-time updates on technician locations in relation to the customer address.

Today’s Workforce Optimization tools, utilizing location analytics and mapping techniques, boosts productivity, limits wasted resources, and optimizes staff usage. All of these things boost profit and growth by recognizing the value of time.